Where do you draw the line between slave labour, and the concept of being paid to exercise?
Yesterday I was hassling a friend who has recently started working for the local paper. To be more specific, it’s the Very Local paper – the one that is just for the smaller northern district within the greater city council area.
“How come I haven’t had the paper delivered the last two weeks?”
Seems that whoever was doing it stopped doing it, and they hadn’t found a replacement.
Next thing I know I’ve offered to take on the delivery myself. “Might as well get paid to exercise,” I heard myself saying.
NEXT thing I know, phone calls have been made, and the friend brings round a stack of this week’s papers for me to deliver three days late.
Now, our older two girls already take turns doing a Wed/Sat morning paper run for the major local paper. The rate is about $10 for delivering 135 papers, and it takes about an hour. Not great pay, but for a teenager it’s not bad spending money.
This Very Local paper is much, much smaller. Thinner. As I looked at the map that accompanied the delivery, I discovered that the run looks to be about twice the size of the kids’ run. And, as it took me about two hours to do it today, that estimation looks to be about right.
I haven’t had the payment confirmed yet, but my friend thinks it’s only $12.
Hmmm. (Do the maths…)
So, because the papers are thinner, do they think it doesn’t take as long to put in letterboxes? Or that it doesn’t take as long to walk between the letterboxes? Sure, I can fit the whole of this twice-as-big run in the milk crate (on the golf buggy), and don’t have to reload, but that doesn’t actually save me that much time.
I’m undecided. Which way do I look at this? A big rip off? Or a bonus that I’m being paid anything to do two hours of exercise that I probably wouldn’t have done otherwise?
[Edited to add: I can deliver these any time on a Monday – no getting up early. Also -finding some means of comparing currency for anyone from O.S. .. Let’s see: $12 might get you a half decent bottle of wine. You pay about $3.40 for a cappuccino – so I could call it my weekly coffee money.]